“I will always cherish this award,” said Kathy Poole after receiving the 2019 Samuel A. Tucker Memorial Can Do Award at Hoodstock Sweet 16. Kathy has participated in the Frederick Day Program for more than 21 years and lives in a Unified residential home. Born with cerebral palsy and later developing a spastic disorder, Kathy credits her mother and sister for never letting her give up.
Kathy cannot imagine a life without art. It has been her passion for the past 51 years. Encouraged by her mother, she began drawing at age 15. She recently had an exhibit of her bright, bold, and colorful pictures at the Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick. The opportunity to share her art with others was a lifelong dream come true.
Kathy was nominated by six different people for the 2019 Can Do Award because she is the perfect example of turning disabilities into abilities and being able to do what you set your mind to. Those who nominated her spoke of her passion and talent. All agree she is an incredible artist and independent person. She is always exploring and interested in learning new things, and she has a special drive and determination that is reflected in everything she does.